wouldn't say boo to a goose


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wouldn't say boo to a goose

  (British informal) also wouldn't say boo/wouldn't say boo to a fly (American/Australian informal/informal)
if someone wouldn't say boo to a goose, they are shy and nervous She wouldn't say boo to a goose, so I don't think she's cut out for a career in the police. I remember her as a quiet little girl who wouldn't say boo.
See also: boo, goose, say
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When I was their age I wouldn't say boo to a goose when I got into the squad but for some reason they are different nowadays, not a bother on them.
But I get the impression most greyhounds are rather placid souls who wouldn't say boo to a goose, or a hare.
The rank and file members are well-meaning softies who wouldn't say boo to a goose.
The day I came home when I was 15, having done an audition for New Faces, it was like an alien had walked in, because in our house you wouldn't say boo to a goose.
Because I've just about had enough of the current crop of losers who wouldn't say boo to a goose.
We sent a girl from our company on the course who was really quite shy and wouldn't say boo to a goose.
I first came across him when he was the goalkeeping coach who wouldn't say boo to a goose.
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